What’s next for Measure 91?
There are two principal bodies dealing with the implementation of Measure 91. The measure designated the Oregon Liquor Control Commission as the lead agency for the design of regulations for the new system. The Oregon Legislature has also established the Committee on Marijuana Legalization, Chaired by State Senator Ginny Burdick and State Representative Ann Lininger.
Measure 91 was designed to be flexible enough to be changed if needed, but we believe the first priority of lawmakers and rule makers should be to get the basics rights. There’s a lot to do. Before changing the law or adding to it, we have first assisted the state in establishing good:
- Labeling standards
- Packaging standards
- Testing standards
- Auditing standards
- Inspection standards
- Background check requirements
- Advertising restrictions
- Sales restrictions
- Tax collection system
- Tax revenue distribution system
- Tax distribution system
Oregon has made great progress in establishing the rules for the adult-use system and the state is already reaping the benefits of tax dollars generated from cannabis sales, months earlier than expected. We are also proud of the fact that we have helped successfully convince the state to decrease marijuana penalties and allow for the expungement of old offenses. But we aren’t done.
We have worked hard to ensure that implementation of Measure 91 didn’t damage the medical marijuana system that thousands of Oregonians rely on, but unfortunately some harmful changes have been made, such as the decrease in the number of medical marijuana plants allowed. These changes will force many patients to lose their grower, but we aren’t giving up. We are working on restoring patients’ safe access and to eventually add a low-income patient program to benefit patients that need assistance the most.
This is just the beginning. NAO will work energetically to assist the process, inform Oregonians about progress and to highlight and oppose efforts to undermine the will of voters by making major unnecessary changes to Measure 91. Help us make sure that voters’ voices are heard loud and clear and that